One month to go until all change at London Bridge as Network Rail prepares to open first part of new London Bridge concourse
Passengers travelling into London Bridge station will be able to use the first two-thirds of the new station concourse from the end of August, as a major milestone is reached in the station’s redevelopment.
Passengers will see the hoardings on their platforms come down over the August Bank Holiday and the first two-thirds of the station underneath their feet will open for business. Lifts, stairs and escalators will link the new concourse with platforms and give passengers new routes out of the station, as well as new shops and cafes.
The concourse, which will be the largest in Britain when completed in January 2018, has been under construction by Network Rail and contractors Costain for the past four years. As construction moves from the completed section of the station and begins on the remaining platforms – currently used by services to and from London Cannon Street – there will be major changes to train services.
Thameslink Programme director Simon Blanchflower said: “Passengers have been using our new platforms for some time, with the work on the new concourse hidden behind hoardings.”
“This August we will open the doors for the first two-thirds of the new station and people will see the massive scale of the work we have been doing, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
We still have some way to go and building work will continue until 2018 – however I know people will enjoy their new station and the sense of space that it brings. In addition, our work to build the new railway junction at Bermondsey is progressing well which in due course will help the reliability of trains into London Bridge from East Croydon and beyond.”
Dyan Crowther, Chief Operating Office at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We’re thrilled that this major phase of the station is nearing completion. The new lower concourse with a permanent ticket office and escalators to our Southern platforms above will be welcomed by passengers.
“We look forward to the end of the project, in 2018, when our Thameslink services can return to London Bridge, increasing frequency and capacity on the route.”
Richard Dean, Train Services Director at Southeastern, said: “We’re really pleased that our passengers will be able to start using the new station. There’s still a lot of work to do and we need to make major changes to our services to allow the next phrase to happen. We ask that passengers check southeasternrailway.co.uk/august for full details of how their services will be affected, especially on the working days, Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September when we’ll be running fewer trains than normal.”
Find out more information about changes to services in August 2016.